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Page 16A - The News Back Page .... Friday, April 20, 2012 Business Hours! 9 a.m, to 1 p.m. Monday - Thursday 903-489-0531 * Fax: 903-489-2543 815 East Royall, Suite 6, Malakoff, TX 75148 ~A~ Texas Press Association Member 2012 Monarch (Continued from Page 1 A) elected officials, and we are willing to make adjust- ments to meet their de- sires," said Charles Pro- filet, vice president, SouthWest Water Compa- ny. In May 2011, Monarch filed for a water late in- crease of 62,3 percent and: a sewer rate increase of 33.6 :percent: for the con- solidated utilities, With Monday's filing to the State Office of Adminis- trative Hearings (SOAH), Monarch is requesting to amend the rate application to a 14.3 percent water revenue increase and no sewer revenue increase for Monarch Utilities witlmut the con lidated utilities. "Over the past months, we listened toour cus- tomers' concerns about rates," Profilet said. "While the proposed amended rates will not re- cover our costs of doing business, we have elected. to wfluntarily ,make ad- justmenN because,we un- derstand how customers have been affected by the difficult economic cli- lrlate." Orville Bevel, chairman of Texas Against Monop- olies Excessive Rates ('KX.MER), said there were several costs in Monarch's new plan that weren't list- ed in the company's press release, including 15 per- cent, 20 percent and 25 percent increases per thousand gallons. "Unless you only use 2,000 gallons you are going to pay more," Bevel said. Plus, Bevel said, the company wants the 14.3 percent increase to go back to August 2011, meaning customers would be responsible for paying all the back t)es. fie also said that al- though the sewer base rate will stay the same, the company plans to charge an extra $5.64 per 1,000 gallons on top of the water rates. "And we still haven't looked at other fees," he said. He also said there was no mention of how long Monarch intended to stand by the deal. "If they want to file this a~:t!~t then a year later ask thr another increase, then we're going to say no way," he said. Bevel said TAMER, which is an interested party in the rate case, has until Monday to :file an answer to Monarch's new plan. Trial (Continued from Page IA) hundreds of school dis- lricts, including Malakoff ISD. "We are glad that the judge gave us a prompt trial date and put us on an. expedited schedule be- cause it is important that .the Texas Legislature have guidance from the ;court in time to act dur- ing the 2013 legislative session," said Mark Tra- chtenberg, an attorney with Haynes and Boone, LLP, which represents 86 school districts, includ- ing Malakoff. "We look tbrward to putting on our case along with the other plaintiff coalitions. We intend to prove that the Legisla- ture's massive funding cuts to public education, along with other factor, have deprived our dis- tricts of the resources needed to meet the stan- dards the State itself has identified as the measure of a constitutionally ade- quate education." Malakoff joined the lawsuit late last year. "It seems that the only way the State Legislature will do the fight thing tbr our students is to have it mandated to them by the courts," said MISD Su- perigtendent Randy Pen7 at ( at time. 'The State Legislature did not meet their Constitutional re- quirement of adequately funding the education of our students. The future opportunities for our Malakoff ISD students is at risk. We must look at all options to protect our students." Malakoff is a Chapter 411 -- or revenue con- tributing -- school. Under the state's fi- nance plan, money from revenue contributing schools is given to poorer school districts, Malakoff has been categorized as a revenue contributing dis- trict fbr several years and annually sends revenue back to the state. These districts have paid ahnost $15 billion in local taxes to the state fi- nance system since 1993 and are projected to pay more than $1 billion this school year Foundation expected to ask permission to display atheist banner, By Michael V. Hannigan The News Staff" ATHENS -- The Free- dora From Religion Foun- dation (FFRF) is coming back to Henderson County. FFRF attorney Stephanie Schmitt confirmed Mon- day that the organization expects to be on the Com- missioners' Court agenda next Tuesday, April 24, m request permission to place a banner on the Courthouse lawn as part of the Christ- mas decmntions in Decem- ber. Schmitt said someone ti'om Texas will be repre- senting the Wisconsin group at file meeting. The proposed banner reads: "At: this season of the Winter Solstice, let rea- son prevai'l. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our :natural world. Re- ligion is but myth & super- stition that hardens hearts & enslaves minds?' The FFRF is the organi- zation that demanded the county remove a nativity scene from the Christmas decorations on the court- house lawn in early De- cember 2011. Later, the foundation shifted its focus from removing the nativity to allowing its banner on the courthouse lawn. A media frenzy was trig- gered when the county, re- t'u. xt to mov'e the nativi- ty scene, resulting in First Baptist Church of Malakoff Pastor Dr: Nathan Lorick and Cotmty Judge Richard Sanders landing on natkmal televi- sion and a rally which drew an estimated 5,000 to the Courthouse. Last month, the nation again became infatuated with the issue when San Antonio atheist Patrick Greene threatened to sue the county over the nativity ,scene but later announced he was converting to Christianity: That episode pushed Sand Springs Bap- tist Church Pastor Erick Graham onto the Fox News Channel and the smu appeared on many national websites and pub- lications. The FFRF's request for a banner may fly in the face of a policy approved by Commissioners' Court last month. The foundation :is basing its request on the idea of a public forum, In a press release :from last December, FFRF Co- president Annie Laurie Gaylor said, "The county has created a de facto pub- lic forum by allowing a pri- vate group to erect this dis- play year after year on gov- ernment property." The FTRF's stance is that all expressions of Faith should be allowed access to the courthouse lawn in a public thrum, and that a procedure must be in place tbr processing requests to do so. Last month, however, the county approved a premises use policy that stating it does not have an open forum. Under the section on public displays and decora- tions, the policy reads: "Except those areas that have been established as public forums as a matter of law, Henderson County property has not been by tradition or & ignation a public thrum. Henderson County may contract with indMduals or private groups to place displays or decorate county property., however, any displays placed on county property are lbr t-tenderson Coun- ty's intended The policy goes on to state that Commissioners' Court specifically resewes the right to: -Approve or den},, in whole or pan, any request for display on county prmp- - Rescind or modify any approval of a display; - Control the location of the display and set the du- ration to allow the display, if any; - Control file message that is delivered to thepub- lie by the useof property owned by Henderson County. Correcting a mistake Cesar Ledezrna and Sherry Andrus of Citi- zens National Bank relax before the Hat Contest at the Malakoff Cornbread Festival last Saturday. Last week, The Malakoff News ran a photo of the hat but unfortunately list- ed the bank's name in- correctly. Our apologies to the bank and Andrus, who really put together a special entry. MICHAEL V. HANNIGAN PHOTO Minter (Continued from Page IA) all kinds of memories," he said. Despite the absence, Minter is no stranger to the top levels of competition. He's won 22 champi- onships, including four world title, tbur regional titles and two Texas State championships. But none were like 2004. That year the throw was dedicated to his wife, Georgia, who he lost three months before the event. "We were ill all atlto ac- cident and I had both hands smashed to pieces, t threw' with two broken han& in 2004.." he said. "1 had no tmining, I just came down and blasted it, all the even~s." Chuck Weems, the man who makes the Texas State event run, still remembers that year. "We have a church serv- ice on Sunday morning and we dedicated the throw to his wife in honor of her and him because she was a big supporter of him," he said. "She was always here. t never saw him here that she wasn't with him. We ust wanted to dedicate that to her and to him." After that event, Minter walked away from compe- tition for about eight years, starting back just: nine months ago. He finished second in this year's Texas State competition, but with his talent he will soon be adding new titles to his list of accomplishments. But none of them will match 2004 in Matakoff. Car (Continued from Page 1A) was ultimately awarded to the cW. That's not exactly a rare occun ence. The city cur- rently has a 2007 Chevy pickup it seized and is just waiting on the court m fin- ish its part of the process. Nomaally, the city will sell the seized vehicles and use the money to help the po- lice department. But not with the Crown Victoria. Mitchell said Malakoff Mayor Pro-tern Tim Trim- ble. who is also a member of the Crime Control and Prevention District board, had the idea to display the car as a detcwrent. "And I thought let's put it out here at: the Combread Festival along with the (crime control) banner be- cause the otlicer that seized :it, part of his salary is paid with crime control money," Mitchell said, "and show control board is at work?' It is likely that the car will also be seen in the city's annual Christmas pa- rade this year. "The bottom line is if you are g fing to bring your drugs and peddle them in Malakoff, we will get to you," said Mitchell. "We will get you and if we can do it we will seize your properly." At the Malakoff City the fblks that you're crime Council meeting last week, Police Chief Billy Mitchell released the March 2012 activity report, including: - Service calls: 88 - Offense reports: 20 - Arrests: 21 -Agency assists: 7 - Citizen assists: 1 -Accidents: 2 - Citations: 235 -Warnings: 24 -Alarms: 4 - Cases filed with DA: 1 - Cases filed with CA: 2 - Total ft,et: 746.5 - Total miles: 7,410 Trinity Valley Community College to host Women & Welding Day Special to The News The welding industry, is primarily male ce:ntered, but Trinity \5dley Commu- nity College welding in- structor "l%m Sheram is working to spread the word that there is definite- ly room in the :field fbr April 2 t, the college will "The Women & WeldingAthens campus between working. women, host a Women & Welding Day will be open to the college's cosmetology Seating is limited to 20 From the farm to the Day on its Athenscampus. women age 18 and older and aummotive buildings, people for the event, said construction site, said The open hotrse style event and there is no charge to at- The event will include Sheram. Those who are in- Sheram, welding is a will be hosted tbr those tend. The event will be demonstrations of various terested in attending can growing field tbr both gen- who believe they may be held in the Welding Build- metal techniques, such as call 903-675-6374 for ders. interested in learning ing, which :is located on the Oxyfuel cutting, plasma more inibrmation. Lunch Beginning at 8 a.m. welding skills, south side of the TVCC- cutting and genenfi metal wilt be provided.